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NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Attracts 81 Participants

Eighty-one African-American coaches are taking part in this summer's NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.

Bengals' Lewis joins Jets' Edwards as Head Coach Grads of Program

Eighty-one African-American coaches are taking part in this summer's NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.

In two of the past three years, graduates of the program have become NFL head coaches - HERMAN EDWARDS of the New York Jets in 2001, and MARVIN LEWIS of the Cincinnati Bengals this year.

The program, begun in 1987, annually provides NFL training-camp positions to minority coaches. Many current NFL coaches have participated in the program. Two were Edwards and Lewis.

"I am a head coach in the NFL today because of the opportunity the program provided me," says Edwards, who interned with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1989. "The program is really the thing that jump-starts your career. It really worked perfectly for me. I was in the right place at the right time."

Lewis interned with the San Francisco 49ers in 1988 and the Chiefs in 1991. He went on to build one of the most dominant defenses in NFL history as the defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl XXXV-champion Baltimore Ravens.

"I believe I have a situation to uphold," says Lewis. "I represent coaches who came up the way I did - from Division I-AA and being a graduate assistant. This is a positive step - white, black or green. Winning football games and working hard at it -- that's what people appreciate."

Ironically, Lewis' first game as the Bengals' head coach will be against Edwards' Jets next Sunday on the road.

Another graduate of the Coaching Fellowship program, KARL DORRELL, was appointed head coach of UCLA last December. Dorrell interned with the Denver Broncos in 1993 and 1999, and spent the past three seasons as the club's wide receivers coach.

As part of training camp coaching staffs, the fellowship coaches perform duties that mirror those of full-time NFL assistant coaches. They become working members of NFL staffs for the summer and are responsible for specific assignments, including planning and directing workouts, formulating scrimmage and preseason-game strategies, breaking down videotape, and evaluating players.

Nearly 900 coaches have worked in the training camps of NFL teams since the program's inception.

NFL Graduates of NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program:

AtlantaJames DanielTight ends
Ollie WilsonRunning backs
BaltimoreDennis ThurmanDefensive backs
CincinnatiLeslie FrazierDefensive coordinator
Jay HayesDefensive line
Ricky HunleyLinebackers
Marvin LewisHead coach
Alex WoodWide receivers
Green BayJethro FranklinDefensive line
IndianapolisGene HueyRunning backs
JacksonvilleTodd HowardDefensive assistant
Kansas CityJames SaxonRunning backs
Vernon DeanAss't. defensive backs
MiamiKeith ArmstrongSpecial teams
Clarence BrooksDefensive line
Robert FordWide receivers
MinnesotaKevin RossAss't. secondary
New EnglandPepper JohnsonInside linebackers
New OrleansSam ClancyDefensive line
Ty KnottDef. quality control ass't.
NY GiantsJohnnie LynnDefensive coordinator
Eric StudesvilleRunning backs
DeWayne WalkerDefensive backs
NY JetsRubin CarterDefensive line
Herman EdwardsHead coach
Bishop HarrisRunning backs
PhiladelphiaMike ReedDef. ass't.-quality control
PittsburghKen JacksonWide receivers
San DiegoJerry HolmesDefensive backs
Wayne NunnelyDefensive line
Tampa BayRaheem MorrisDefensive assistant
Art ValeroTight ends
TennesseeSherman SmithRunning backs
WashingtonHue JacksonOffensive coordinator

2003 NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program

Arizona Joe Jefferson (Bethel); C.J. Cavazos (Trinity Valley C.C.)
Atlanta Julius Dixon (Furman); Natrone Means (Former NFL player); Henry Jones (Former NFL player)
Baltimore Jonathan Cannon (Howard)
Buffalo Barry Foster (NFLEL); Robert Lyles (AFL)
CarolinaMartin Bayless (NFLEL, Former NFL player); Lawrence Livingston (No affiliation); Mark Saunders (AFL)
Chicago Nelson Barnes (Lincoln H.S.); Jeff Braxton (Delaware State); Preston Jackson (California-Davis); Thomas Lavigne, Jr. (Southern)
CincinnatiSherman Wood (Salisbury State)
Cleveland Adam Henry (McNeese State); Frank Robinson (Montana State); George Teague (Former NFL player)
DallasDave Meggett, (American); Steve Smith (AFL); Adrian White (NFLEL)
DenverAnthony Ball (Virginia Tech); Curtis Bray (Pittsburgh)
Detroit Darryl Jackson (Arizona State); Taver Johnson (Miami, OH); Van Malone (North Dakota State)
Green Bay Richard Glover (New Mexico State); Bubba McDowell (Former NFL player); Willard Scissum (Morehouse)
Houston Vernon Hargreaves (Miami, FL); Dwaune Jones (Former NFL player)
IndianapolisReggie Brooks (NFLEL); Cedrick Hardman (Former NFL player); Ray Roberts (Former NFL player)
JacksonvilleShannon Jackson (Indiana State); Greg Ross (No affiliation)
Kansas City DeMontie Cross (Iowa State); Reggie McElroy (Buffalo H.S, MO)
Miami Cheston Blackshear (Florida); Wayne Dickens (Morehouse); Charles Huff (Central Florida); Amp Lee (NFLEL)
Minnesota Eric Green (NFLEL); David Hampton (Concordia); E.J. Junior (Former NFL player)
New England Corwin Brown (Virginia); Howard Feggins (Northwestern)
New Orleans Cortez Kennedy (Former NFL player); Darryl Sims (NFLEL)
NY Giants Rob Harris (Bishop Moore H.S., VA); Todd Littlejohn (Syracuse); Michael Simpson (Albany); Pedro Valdez (Teaneck H.S., NJ)
NY Jets Renato Diaz (No affiliation); James Lott (No affiliation)
Oakland Jamal Fountaine (Washington State); Dan Land (Albany State); John Montgomery (Langston); Joe Wade (Eastern Washington)
PhiladelphiaFrank Gonzalez (No affiliation); Jimmie Johnson (Shaw); Kevin Ramsey (Arizona State); James Salgado (Hofstra)
PittsburghJohn L. Allen, Jr. (NFLEL)
St. Louis Gil Byrd (Former NFL player); John Glapa (No affiliation)
San Diego Cornell Jackson (Washington); Latrell Scott (Virginia Military Institute); Vancz Singletary (Hawaii); Keith Wagner (Trinity Valley C.C.)
San Francisco Charles E. Collins (Trinity Valley C.C.); Roderick R. Plummer (Kutztown)
Seattle Junior Bryant (Former NFL player); Kasey Dunn (Alabama)
Tampa Bay Andre' Curtis (Virginia Military Institute); Ron Middleton (Mississippi)
Tennessee Carl Franks (Northern Arizona); Marquis Mosely (Army)
WashingtonJames Speer (Florida); Mike Wilson (No affiliation)
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